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11 Times Diane Guerrero Used Her Own Experiences to Explain the Problems with U.S. Immigration

At 14 years old, Diane Guerrero came home to an empty house. Mother, father, everyone GONE. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers rounded up her family when she was in school and sent them to a detention center. Thanks to her Orange is the New Black fame, Guerrero found a voice to speak out…

1. Kids live in fear.

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“My childhood was haunted by the fear that they would be deported,” Guerrero wrote in her letter to the Los Angeles Times. “If I didn’t see anyone when I walked in the door after school, I panicked.”

2. Every day is controlled by angst.

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“I remember I hid under the bed because I was afraid that somebody was going to come for me,” Guerrero recalled to CNN. “I don’t know who that someone was, but I was just so scared.”

3. You’re force to plan for the day you will be ripped from your family.

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“I knew my dad had like this whole system,” Guerrero recalled during a CNN interview. “‘Here’s where I hide this in case anything happens. And, you know, don’t be scared and know that you’re going to be okay and that we love you very much.”

READ: Diane Guerrero and Jackie Cruz Show the World What Perfect #BFFGoals Looks Like

4. The government doesn’t think twice about the children left behind after an immigration raid.

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“Not a single person at any level of government took any note of me,” Guerrero writes in a letter. “No one checked to see if I had a place to live or food to eat, and at 14, I found myself basically on my own.”

5. Families of deportees are kept in the dark.

“I got home and their cars were there and dinner was started and the lights were on,” Guerrero remembered on CNN. “But I couldn’t find them. So, yes, it was really hard. That was really hard. And then the neighbors came in and they were just like, ‘I’m so sorry but your parents were taken away.'”

6. Becoming a legal citizen is so f—ing tough and it doesn’t get easier.

“Throughout my childhood I watched my parents try to become legal, but to no avail,” Guerrero wrote. “They lost their money to people they believed to be attorneys, but who ultimately never helped.”

READ: The Threat of Immigration Raids is Real Amongst Latinos

7. Judges treat immigration cases like more paperwork.

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“They would have liked to fight deportation, but without a lawyer and an immigration system that rarely gives judges the discretion to allow families to stay together, they never had a chance,” Guerrero wrote.

8. Most kids left behind end up on the wrong paths.

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“When my brother was deported, his daughter was just a toddler. She still had her mother, but in a single-parent household, she faced a lot of challenges,” Guerrero wrote. “My niece made the wrong friends and bad choices. Today, she is serving time in jail, living the reality that I act out on screen.”

9. The same ones calling for traditional American values hypocritically spend time destroying families.

I don’t believe it reflects our values as a country to separate children and parents in this way,” Guerrero argues in her letter. “Nor does it reflect our values to hold people in detention without access to good legal representation or a fair shot in a court of law.”

READ: A Look at the World of Migrant Farmworkers through the Eyes of a Child

10. No matter how old you are, it f—ing sucks to be away from your family…

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“We’ve been separated for so long,” Guerrero tearfully told CNN. I feel like sometimes we don’t know each other and that’s difficult because I’ve grown up without them and there’s things about them that are new that I don’t recognize and it just — it hurts.”

11. It’s time for President Obama to stand up for families and against mass deportation.

“President Obama has promised to act on providing deportation relief for families across the country, and I would urge him to do so quickly,” Guerrero asked in her letter. “Keeping families together is a core American value.”

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Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: 3-Year-Old Was Told To Pick Which Parent To Be Separated From

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Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Worse: 3-Year-Old Was Told To Pick Which Parent To Be Separated From

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This year has seen so much of what we would have never even imagined just a little over four years ago. Thanks to the strict and cruel policies under our current presidential administration, we’ve seen families separated from their underaged children at border stops, kids held in cages and women sexually assaulted and harassed by officers of the United States government. Xenophobia and racism are on the extreme uptick and just when you think we couldn’t stoop any lower as a country, a new report sets a new bar.

Sadly, the latest low involves a child that is just 3-years-old.

Parents from Honduras have recently accused an agent at a Border Patrol holding facility of asking their 3-year-old daughter to decide which one would be deported.

In a recent interview with NPR, a woman by the name of Tania said that she and her husband, who share three children together, experienced the bizarre abuse of their child in a holding facility in El Paso Texas. While detained, an agent told the family, which is from Honduras, that one of the parents would be sent to Mexico while the other would be kept in the United States with their three children. The two parents also have a 9-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.

“The agent asked her who she wanted to go with, mom or dad,” Tania told NPR through an interpreter. “And the girl, because she is more attached to me, she said mom. But when they started to take [my husband] away, the girl started to cry. The officer said, ‘You said [you want to go] with mom.'”

Tania says that she and her husband spent last week attempting to make deals with Border Patrol so that their family would not be separated.

Tania and her husband, Joseph, were working with a doctor who examined the 3-year-old, named Sofi, who had been given the burden of the harsh decision. The parents say that they pleaded with agents to not separate the family.

According to NPR Tania and her family came to the U.S. after they witnessed the murder of her mother. The news outlet reported last week that the family was sent back to Juárez, Mexico after crossing into El Paso in April and became part of the Trump administration program called Migrant Protection Protocols, which is also known as “remain in Mexico” and requires Central American migrants to wait in northern Mexico cities while their immigration cases are sorted out by the courts. More often than not, these cities are among the most dangerous in the country.

On top of everything, Sofi has an extreme heart condition.

According to NPR, Linda Rivas, the family’s lawyer and an employee of  Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center presented evidence from a Mexican health clinic that Sofi had suffered a heart attack. Stunned by the revelation Immigration Judge Nathan Herbert said that he didn’t have the authority to remove the family from MPP. However, he did ask the Department of Homeland Security lawyer to consider of Rivas’ evidence.

According to NPR, Sofi was examined by a doctor last week. The doctor told Border Patrol agents that she had had a serious heart condition and needed to stay in the country.

Tania told NPR that the agents “spoke to me at around 3 or 3:30 p.m., and they told me: ‘Sign here, because we are giving you and your children permission.’ And I said, ‘I came with the children’s father,’ and he said, ‘Not him. Only you and your children.’ And the doctor said it’s important for the family to stay [together], and even the doctor said ‘They entered as a family and they have to leave as a family.'”

According to the report, the agent had already made up their mind about the separation and it was then that Sofi was asked which parent she wanted to go with. According to Tania, the doctor who examined Sofi told her not to allow the agent to ask the little girl to make the decision, “because they don’t have the right to ask a minor.”

Eventually, the doctor was able to make a case for the family to be kept together to another agent. Fortunately, the family was released last Friday, together, to an El Paso migrant shelter.

An Argument Escalated When One Woman Tried To Use The Other’s Immigration Status As A Threat

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An Argument Escalated When One Woman Tried To Use The Other’s Immigration Status As A Threat

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An undocumented mother posted a video on Twitter of an argument she was in with her ex’s new girlfriend. The video starts with a woman yelling at the camera saying, “If anything, you should be afraid to call the cops because I’m not the immigrant here.” With that, the argument just kind of took off and Twitter is split in their opinions.

Dania Jaramillo posted a 46-second long video of an argument with her ex’s new girlfriend and it starts on a very uncomfortable note.

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The woman is heard implying to Jaramillo that she shouldn’t call the cops because of her immigration status. This threat is one often used by people to keep undocumented people afraid of reporting crimes and harassment. In fact, there are studies that show undocumented communities not reporting crimes for fear of being arrested and harassed by police.

The woman then continues to argue with Jaramillo, who says she shouldn’t be surprised that people know of her since she is coming into their community.

“Umm, b*tch, I’ve been in your community,” she tells Jaramillo. “This ain’t yours. Is this yours? No. This is free land, isn’t it? Because, I was born here so I know that all this land is mine.”

Jaramillo gave all of the people on Twitter the background info on the dispute.

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The man in the glasses is her ex. According to several tweets, he has had violence issues in the past so Jaramillo’s husband, the man without glasses was outside in case he needed to step in.

Some people went straight for the woman in the video.

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Honestly, we all know someone with an accent. Her’s is one that we all remember from our lives. Whether it is a family member or friend, we all know someone who speaks like she does.

People also had an issue with her claiming that all of the land was hers because she was born here.

Like, private property laws are a thing. That being said, the land isn’t inherently yours just because you were “born here.” You might be able to own some land but you don’t just get to say that all the land is your land because you are born in the U.S.

The ex is heard telling Jaramillo that they would be seeing each other in court so some offered her legal advice.

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According to tweets by Jaramillo, they are still battling out custody. It is always best to make sure your legal advice is coming from someone in the legal field. However, videos make good evidence if you find yourself trying to make a case of harassment.

The woman in the video did make her Instagram private but that hasn’t stopped people from sharing what she is posting.

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While her Instagram is private, the woman wants to get the last word. According to the post, Jaramillo was gossiping about the woman and that is what incited the argument.

The woman did have some defenders.

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They are arguing that she wasn’t being xenophobic. Xenophobia is defined as “dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries,” according to Merriam-Webster.

For her defenders, she is just hitting below the belt.

What do you think about the argument between the two women? Do you think this was xenophobic?

Watch the full video below!

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